Cancer Biology - BIOS6420

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Martin Michaelis checkmark-circle


Cancer formation and progression; underlying factors, cancer cell heterogeneity, uncontrolled cell division, invasive growth/metastasis formation.

The Molecular Biology of Cancer: (Proto-)oncogenes, tumour suppressor genes, cell cycle control, cell death.

Cancer therapies


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 126
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Continuous assessment (40%)
Critical analysis (word limit 750)
Examination (60%), 2 hours

Indicative reading

Core text
Pecorino, L. Molecular Biology of Cancer: Mechanisms, Targets and Therapeutics (3rd edition) Oxford University Press. 2012.

Supplementary materials

Selected articles from scientific journals will be provided from the Templeman Library electronic journal collections.

Weinberg, R.A. The Biology of Cancer. New York; Abingdon: Garland Science, 2007
Alberts, B., Essential Cell Biology. New York; London: Garland Science 2011.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Understand the nature of cancer and the (molecular) processes underlying cancer formation and progression.
Demonstrate knowledge of the principles underlying anti-cancer therapies.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate written communication skills at a standard appropriate for level 6 study
Acquire information from a wide range of information resources, including journals, books, electronic databases); maintenance of an effective information retrieval strategy
Understand, analyse and critically assess published scientific data


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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